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7th May 2011
Major Pre-Raphaelite exhibition ends May 15th before it tours to Australia.
Art lovers in the UK have only one week left to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition The Poetry of Drawing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery before it tours to The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
The celebrated exhibition, which is the most comprehensive survey of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolours ever staged, is on display in Birmingham until Sunday 15 May.
It will then travel to Australia and open at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney from 17 June - 4 September 2011, itself the home of an important collection of 19th century art including significant Pre-Raphaelite and High Victorian paintings.
The exhibition brings together works from Birmingham's world-class collections of Pre-Raphaelite and later nineteenth-century art, some of them rarely seen, alongside key loans from public and private lenders.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were a group of radical young artists led by Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, who banded together in the mid 19th century and revolutionised British art. They challenged the art of their day and helped shape later movements such as Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau.
The exhibition explores the role of drawing and design in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, their associates and followers. The show also includes work by artists influenced by the Brotherhood and a rare opportunity to compare textiles, stained glass and ceramics by designers, including William Morris and William de Morgan alongside their original working drawings.
Amongst the works on display for the first time is Rossetti's brooding Mnemosyne (1876, private collection), a large-scale pastel depicting Jane Morris, the artist's favourite model during the last years of his life. The work remained in Rossetti's studio until his death and has never previously been exhibited.
While drawing is often regarded as being secondary to painting, this exhibition will explore how for the Pre-Raphaelites it was central to the activity of making art.
Tickets for The Poetry of Drawing are: £6 adults, £5 senior citizens and students, £2 income support/unwaged and children 5-16, £12 family (up to 2 adults, 2 children); under 5s admitted free. Pay on arrival or book online or by phone: 0121 303 1966.
The exhibition is accompanied by book, 'Pre-Raphaelite Drawings' by Colin Cruise, published by Thames & Hudson.
The exhibition has been organised by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery. The exhibition and accompanying book are supported by:
The City of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Development Trust
The Limoges Trust
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
The William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust
Visit Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource to see BMAG's Pre-Raphaelite Collection.
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